Kia Joorabchian will swap the likes of the Camp Nou and Stamford Bridge for Royal Ascot next month after Maxi Boy made a winning debut at Yarmouth.
Having been involved in a number of huge football transfers, including the sale of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona, the Tehran-born, London-based businessman, who operates under Amo Racing Limited, saw his silks carried to glory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Despite showing signs of inexperience early on in the six-furlong contest, the 11-4 shot finished powerfully to score by a neck and earn a 20-1 quote for the Coventry Stakes with Paddy Power. He also provided the first leg of a double on the day for winning rider Ryan Moore.
Nick Bell, assistant to his father, Michael, said: “He jumped the road early on and was a bit green, but once he got a bit of cover, he settled lovely. He picked up well and showed a great attitude, which is essential in a two-year-old.
“The owner was keen to buy some Royal Ascot two-year-olds. Our two-year-olds do normally improve. He has been pleasing us at home and the Coventry looks a logical step.
“The owner is at home today, as it’s his son’s birthday. He should have three for Royal Ascot now – this one, Babbo’s Boy and Lady Aria.”
Local History made amends for a short-priced defeat last time out with victory in the Palm Court Hotel Of Great Yarmouth Median Auction Maiden Stakes, hanging on by a head to complete Moore’s brace.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to winning owner Saeed Manana, said of the James Tate-trained 6-4 winner: “It was a winnable race for her. I think seven furlongs would help and that is why we made plenty of use of her. I thought she would win today.”
More trips to the Norfolk track could be on the horizon for The Resdev Way (9-2) after he provided trainer Phil Kirby with his third winner at the course from just six runners, coming from last to first to take the Grosvenor Casino Of Great Yarmouth Handicap by a length.
Owner John Wright said: “It was our first trip to Yarmouth races. He needs a long straight and Paula (Muir) rode him just as he should be ridden. Phil said Yarmouth would suit him great.
“My son is responsible for buying the horses with the company’s money, but me and the wife get the pleasure out of watching them.
“One of my previous ventures was owning a rugby league club called the Doncaster Dragons and there is much less pressure owning horses.”
Losing a shoe just before the start of the Lavish Hair Beauty Aesthetics Handicap failed to stop Nasee from going one better than on his stable debut for Ed Vaughan at the course.
The 7-4 chance got up by a neck on his first start over the extended one mile three trip.
Raymond said of the Saeed Suhail-owned victor: “He should have been better than these, but going round without his off-fore shoe – for a horse that has had problems on quite firm going he has done well to win.
“He is a very good looking horse and everything is nice about him apart from the wheels. The rest of him is like a Rolls Royce!”